Kan­sas City’s Thomas side­lined by bro­ken leg

Chiefs wide­out suf­fered in­jury in prac­tice Thurs­day

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - COLLEGES -

KAN­SAS CITY, Mo. — Kan­sas City wide re­ceiver

DeAn­thony Thomas frac­tured his leg dur­ing prac­tice and could miss the rest of the sea­son, the lat­est in a string of in­juries to be­fall the un­beaten Chiefs.

The Chiefs also listed

Justin Hous­ton as doubt­ful for Sun­day’s game in New Eng­land with a ham­string in­jury. Safety Eric Mur­ray is out with an an­kle in­jury and Jor­dan Lu­cas will start in his place.

Thomas was tak­ing part in Thurs­day’s prac­tice when he got stepped on from be­hind, frac­tur­ing the same leg that he broke in a game last De­cem­ber. Thomas had surgery to re­pair the break and had a metal rod in­serted, though the lat­est break didn’t dam­age that re­pair.

Mi­ami QB Tan­nehill is ques­tion­able

DAVIE, Fla. — Mi­ami Dol­phins quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill is ques­tion­able for Sun­day’s game against the Chicago Bears with a throw­ing shoul­der in­jury that first both­ered him last month.

Tan­nehill was lim­ited in Fri­day’s work­out — the first time he has missed prac­tice time be­cause of the in­jury. He wasn’t on the in­jury re­port last week, but was dur­ing the week of Sept. 24.

Brock Osweiler or David Fales would start if Tan­nehill can’t play.

Left tackle Laremy Tun­sil has been re­leased from the con­cus­sion pro­to­col and is listed as ques­tion­able.

De­fen­sive end Cameron Wake is listed as doubt­ful with a knee in­jury.

Giants’ Shur­mur stick­ing with Man­ning

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. — De­spite mount­ing losses and a first sea­son quickly turn­ing into a mess, coach Pat Shur­mur is stick­ing with Eli Man­ning as the New York Giants quar­ter­back.

Shur­mur never hes­i­tated Fri­day when asked if he was con­sid­er­ing a change in the wake of Thurs­day night’s 34-13 loss to the Philadel­phia Ea­gles that dropped New York to 1-5.

“We be­lieve in Eli,” Shur­mur said.

There will be no change to ei­ther vet­eran Alex Tan­ney or rookie Kyle Lauletta (Rich­mond).

Shur­mur ac­knowl­edged Man­ning made some mis­takes in the loss Thurs­day night at MetLife Sta­dium, but so did a lot of other play­ers.

When he was pressed about whether he would give Lauletta a chance to play if the sea­son slipped away, Shur­mur stopped the ques­tion.

“Lis­ten, we’re not talk­ing about a quar­ter­back change,” Shur­mur said.

Sta­tis­ti­cally, Man­ning has played well. He has hit 158 of 230 passes for 1,662 yards, six touch­downs and four in­ter­cep­tions. His nearly 69 per­cent com­ple­tion per­cent­age would be a ca­reer best.

The prob­lem is Man­ning, 37, is not mo­bile and that is hurt­ing the of­fense. He rarely turns a po­ten­tial sack into a scram­ble that re­sults in a first down or a big pass play. He has been sacked 20 times. The Ea­gles took him down four times and had 13 other hits.

“My con­fi­dence is al­ways the same,” Man­ning said. “I know I can play bet­ter than last night. I have to make bet­ter de­ci­sions and get back to do­ing my job, not try­ing to do any­thing more, forc­ing things.”

Man­ning is sur­prised the Giants have the same record at this point as a year ago, when they fin­ished 3-13.

Many foot­ball an­a­lysts and writ­ers said over the past 24 hours that Man­ning’s time as the Giants’ leader is com­ing to an end in his 15th sea­son. Many were call­ing for a quar­ter­back change.

“It bugs me that we are 1-5,” the two-time Su­per Bowl MVP said. “What peo­ple say has never got­ten to me, never both­ered me.”

Colts re­turn Alie-Cox to 53-man ros­ter

The In­di­anapo­lis Colts shifted for­mer VCU bas­ket­ball star Mo Alie-Cox back to the 53-man ros­ter, from the prac­tice squad.

This is Alie-Cox’s sec­ond stint on the ac­tive ros­ter, af­ter he was el­e­vated on Sept. 28 ahead of In­di­anapo­lis’ game against the Tex­ans. In that game, Alie-Cox caught his first ca­reer pass, from An­drew Luck for a 17-yard gain in over­time.

Alie-Cox was waived Oct. 3 be­fore he was added back to the prac­tice squad on Oct. 5.

The 6-5 267-pounder orig­i­nally joined the Colts as an un­drafted free agent in April 2017.

In a cor­re­spond­ing move, In­di­anapo­lis placed safety Matthias Far­ley on in­jured re­serve.

Else­where

Fal­cons: In­jury-plagued At­lanta will be without de­fen­sive tackle Grady Jar­rett and run­ning back

Devonta Free­man for Sun­day’s game against the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers.

Jar­rett is sit­ting out his sec­ond straight game with a sprained an­kle, while Free­man is side­lined again with a foot in­jury. The Fal­cons (1-4) have lost three in a row.

Browns: Rookie wide re­ceiver Der­rick Wil­lies broke his col­lar­bone in prac­tice and will miss sev­eral games.

Wil­lies got hurt dur­ing Fri­day’s work­out as the Browns went through fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for Sun­day’s game against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers. The in­jury is a costly one as Wil­lies was fill­ing in for

Rashard Hig­gins, who is also side­lined with a right knee in­jury sus­tained in last week’s win over Bal­ti­more.

Jets: The New York sec­ondary will be without a few key mem­bers against In­di­anapo­lis.

Cor­ner­back Buster Skrine has been ruled out for Sun­day with a con­cus­sion. Fel­low cor­ner­back

Tru­maine John­son is listed Fri­day as doubt­ful with a quadri­ceps in­jury that side­lined him last Sun­day against Den­ver.

Rookie Parry Nick­er­son could fill Skrine’s nickel spot, while Dar­ryl Roberts and Rashard Robin­son could see time in the base de­fense in John­son’s place.

Safeties Mar­cus Maye (an­kle/foot) and Doug Mid­dle­ton (ham­string) are ques­tion­able.

Run­ning back Isa­iah Crow­ell, com­ing off rush­ing for a fran­chise-record 219 yards, is ques­tion­able with an an­kle ail­ment.

Jaguars: Jack­sonville signed for­mer Giants of­fen­sive tackle Ereck Flow­ers and placed left tackle

Josh Wells (James Madi­son, Hanover High) on in­jured re­serve with a groin in­jury.

Flow­ers was waived by the Giants on Tues­day af­ter he failed to live up to lofty ex­pec­ta­tions. He was the ninth over­all pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Flow­ers was moved from left to right tackle this sea­son af­ter the Giants signed

Nate Sol­der, but lost that job to Chad Wheeler af­ter just two games.

Jack­sonville also placed long-snap­per Car­son Tinker on in­jured re­serve for the sec­ond straight year be­cause of a knee in­jury.

Tinker in­jured his right knee in last week’s game at Kan­sas City.

The Jaguars brought back Matt Over­ton to re­place Tinker. Over­ton has played in 89 ca­reer NFL games, in­clud­ing nine with the Jaguars in 2017 be­fore sus­tain­ing a sea­son-end­ing shoul­der in­jury. Over­ton pre­vi­ously played for In­di­anapo­lis.

Pan­thers: Carolina coach Ron Rivera is op­ti­mistic that three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen will play Sun­day against the Red­skins af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in his third straight day of prac­tice.

Olsen is listed as ques­tion­able on the in­jury re­port, but Rivera says he’s look­ing ready af­ter miss­ing three games with a bro­ken foot. Rivera said Olsen took more reps than nor­mal Fri­day and “he ran around re­ally well, so we’re pretty ex­cited about it.”

Rivera also said the Pan­thers plan to place linebacker Jared Nor­ris on in­jured re­serve Satur­day with a toe in­jury, which will cre­ate a ros­ter spot for linebacker

Thomas Davis, who is re­turn­ing from a four-game sus­pen­sion.

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